This is a guest post written by Callum Mundine from ledworld.com.au in Australia. He co-owns the business with his brother and is chief lighting designer. In his spare time, he enjoys making fun DIY project for his children.
In a small home with limited space, lighting is a big game changer. Different types of lighting serve various purposes in daily activities. Ambient lighting lends a warm, comfortable feel to the majority of the home. There aren’t much options for general lighting needs that add personality to your space – except maybe chandeliers, which aren’t exactly the most practical option if you live in a small home.
Here’s a fun and quick DIY project that will not only brighten up your tiny house but will make it look lovelier as well. Get ready to unleash your creative side.
First Things First
This project will take you approximately one hour to complete. Before anything else, you’ll need to gather your materials:
LED lights (white, clear, or colored)
Ping Pong Balls
Hot glue gun or silicone (non-flammable)
Flowers or buntings
When choosing your LED lights, make sure to consider what sort of look you want to add into the room you will put them in. For a warm, subtle glow, you may want to pick up clear LED lights. To add a cool vibe to your space, a vast selection of colored lights is available at your hardware store. Decide how long you want the strands to be, as this will determine how many ping pong balls you will need.
Ping pong balls are also available in colored varieties. You can buy them in bulk online or at your local sports outlet shop. Buy a little more than you expect you’ll be needing to avoid having to run to the store in case you run out.
You can add cute ornaments to your string lights such as photos, buntings, or flowers too. You can even draw on the ping pong balls to add an interesting pattern.
Let’s Get Started
Set up everything you’ll need on a work area of your choice. You can then start working on your ping pong balls. It’s easy and will take you practically no time. Here’s what you need to do to have your very own ping pong ball lights:
Balance them on a surface and trace little X marks, making sure to avoid the seams.
Take your craft knife and carefully cut through these marks to make a hole for your lights to go into.
Push each bulb gently through the little X hole you cut through the ping pong ball.
Secure the bulb in place using hot glue or silicone.
Repeat the process until all the lights are secure.
Test your lights by plugging them in and make sure all the lights are working. You can also try leaving them on for an hour and see if they heat up.
You are now ready to drape your new masterpiece in your home. Hang it on a wall with photos, place it on your headboard, or lay it over furniture. Try this project out and let us know how it works for you. Now, wasn’t that easy?